Although Maine’s roads are not as dangerous as some states, there are still plenty of accidents happening on the state’s roadways. According to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, there were 164 fatalities and 981 serious injuries in highway crashes in 2012 alone. Many of these crashes may have been preventable, and many of these victims may have wondered whether to pursue a lawsuit as a result of the crash.
If you are like most people, pursuing a lawsuit was not the first thing that sprang to mind when you were hit. You may have been confused, in pain, and scared. The hours and days following your accident were likely filled with medical care, insurance issues, and figuring out what to do about your car. You may not have been able to go back to work immediately, leaving you to worry about keeping your job and your income. It is a lot for anyone to deal with.
Should You Take Legal Action?
Although you are going through a difficult time, you should consider whether legal action against the person who hit you is an option. Even if the thought of a lawsuit makes you uncomfortable, talking to a personal injury lawyer will give you a better idea of how accident claims are handled and what is involved. There are several issues that the lawyer will discuss with you including:
- Medical costs—Car accidents can lead to serious injuries. Even if you do not seem injured immediately after the accident, you may experience pain later. Some accident injuries have long-term repercussions that you will deal with for years.
- Lost work—If you are injured and miss work as a result, you will still have bills to pay and your family to take care of. You may be entitled to compensation for your lost income. The attorney will also discuss your future ability to work. Long-term injuries can have ongoing impacts on your ability to maintain your career.
- Uninsured drivers—According to the State of Maine Bureau of Insurance, uninsured motorists insurance coverage is designed to protect you if you are hit by someone who does not have insurance. Sometimes multiple insurance policies with this type of coverage provide protection to you in a single accident. Uninsured motorist insurance can also provides coverage if you are hit by someone who has less insurance than you. An experienced accident attorney will investigate to find all available insurance coverage. Just because the person who hit you is uninsured does not mean you should not talk to a lawyer about your accident.
A Personal Decision
Sometimes the need to pursue a lawsuit is obvious, particularly if you have been seriously injured and are going to be permanently impacted by what happened. Even if the damage was not life-altering, there are still benefits to receiving compensation for your injuries. Ultimately, it will be up to you how you move forward.
If you would like to learn more about your legal options, please contact one of our Maine car accident attorneys today at our Lewiston office. We look forward to hearing from you.